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A charming Summer: Koufonisia

24 Jul

Koufonissia_a Charming SummerThird installment of our Summer sereies. Why not visiting a charming Greek island off the beaten track? Let’s travel to Koufonisia, the perfect destination for those who seek to relax on their holidays in golden sand beaches, swim on small natural pools of turquoise waters and feast on seafood fresh from the sea.
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Peaceful retreats

17 Jul

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Travel changes you.  It makes us leave our comfort zones and face new experiences, new challenges and new cultures. But what if  we really look for that change? What if that personal growth is the aim, not a collateral effect? Choose these non conventional retreats for that spiritual peace and  personal transformation.

Meteora, Greece

The town of Meteora, about a 5-hour drive north of Athens in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site – six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on enormous rock pinnacles that rise up to 1,300 feet from the valley floor. Six of the monasteries still operate today. Several of the monasteries are accessible to tourists on a road connecting the rock towers. Byzantine frescoes and architecture are a sight to see, and the views are breathtaking into the valley.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

During centuries, St, Jame’s Path has been an spiritual journey for those who, religious or not, looked for growth and personal change. This journey ends in Santiago de Compostela, which historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Stay at Hospedería San Martin Pianaro, a monastery that has been home to the pilgrims since the sixteenth century.

Conca dei Marini, Italy

The renovation of Monastero Santa Rosa, a seventeenthth-century monastery, has resulted in a unique Amalfi boutique hotel steeped in history and set in gloriously scented tiered gardens. Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer cliff above the Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini, this resort could be the perfect retreat for those who look for the perfect balance between solitude and luxury.

Vienna, Austria

Benediktushaus is an old monastery wonderfully located in the center of Vienna. According to the tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict, the Scottish Abbey also runs a guesthouse. This bed-and-breakfast is embedded in the historical buildings complex of the Benedictine monastery. It was established in 1980 and extensively renovated over the last years. No TVs or radios and only five guestrooms guarantee that much neede peace.

Shojoshin-in Monastery, Japan

This large traditional Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest temples on Mount Koya (Koyasan). During a stay at Shojoshin-in monastery, the guest gets to see how monks in a monastery actually live, making it a once in a lifetime, unique experience. Breakfast ready at 5.30 am, vegan food served in your own private room,  late-night strolls to the mausoleum and meditation time at the temple provide a very authentic, serene experience.

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Post inspired by AFAR Magazine

7 travel destinations for design lovers

15 Jul

 

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1. Barcelona

One name: Gaudí. His work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre.

2. New York

One area: the meat packing district. Design-forward restaurants, bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and artists’ residences in a neighborhood formerly known for its meat warehouses.

3. Berlin

One place: The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design collects art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919–1933), one of the most influential schools of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century.

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4. Paris

One sight: the futuristic skyscraper business district known as La Défense.  Plans have been approved for the Hermitage Towers — a project designed by British architect Norman Foster. When finished, these twin towers will be the tallest skyscrapers in Europe.

5. Marrakech

One garden:  Jardin Marjorelle. The garden is named after its creator, Jacques Majorelle, a French born artist who settled in Marrakesh in 1919 to continue his career as a painter. Majorelle died in 1962 and the gardens remained unkept, until 1980, when the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the property and restored it.

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6. Milan:

One museum: the Triennale Design Museum. Opened in 2007, this is the first museum of Italian design. It offers the visitor the chance to discover the excellence of Italian design through unedited points of view. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares.

7. Porto:

One river: at the mouth of the Douro River, the medieval city of Porto, Portugal, is undergoing an architectural renaissance. Old world icons, such as the baroque Torre dos Clérigos bell tower , contrast with contemporary buildings by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

This post was inspired by AFAR Magazine.

A charming Summer: Isle of Harris

10 Jul

DCF 1.0We continue our search for the most charming places to spend an unforgettable Summer in Europe. Today we travel to the Isle of Harris, in Scotland.
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Royal Mougins Hotel, golf & spa with Mediteranique

3 Jul

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Thanks to Mediteranique, we’ve been virtually touring the Mediteranean sea during the last couple of months. After Forte dei Marmi,  Santorini, Istanbul and Mallorca, our trip comes to an end in one of the most desirable Mediterranean destinations: Côte D’Azur. Welcome to the Royal Mougins Hotel, Golf club and Spa.
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Art worth travelling for

26 Jun

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Travelling makes you learn and appreciate art in all its forms. While there are cities that are works of art themselves, we always pay attention to the calendars of our favourite museums before planning our trips. Nowadays, there are three exhibitions that we’d love to visit:

Henri Matisse: the Cut-outs
This exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces created by Matisse between 1936 and 1954. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the last years of his career, when he started “drawing with scissors”.
Tate Modern, London
17 April – 7 September 2014

Pop Art Myths
Legendary images that looks into the sources of international Pop Art: its myths, irony and innovative perceptions. This exhibition features Warhol, Rauschenberg, Wesselmann, Lichtenstein, Hockney, Hamilton and Equipo Crónica among others.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
10 June – 14 Septembre 2014

Irving Penn, Resonance
Overview of Irving Penn’s work, mixing both unknown and iconic images. Ethnographic photographs and portraits of celebrities, questioning the meaning of time, life and its fragility.
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Until 31 December 2014

Image via AnnaHaro.

A charming Summer: Sirolo

25 Jun

Sirolo_A charming SummerEurope is a small continent that has a lot to offer. From ancient cities to postcard perfect beaches, there’s something for everyone. If you follow us by now you should know that we love discovering new corners of our continent. That is why we want to share with you seven beautiful destinations to explore the most charming Europe. This is the first installment of a new series: a charming Summer. We will show you enchanting little towns, small boutique hotels and delicious local restaurants.
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Son Brull Hotel & Spa with Mediteranique

19 Jun

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Mallorca is special for us as we got married in this beautiful island, that’s why we have chosen it as our next destination with Mediteranique. This week we want to recommend you the Son Brull Hotel & Spa. Continue reading

The Brazil team

17 Jun

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Since we can’t stop thinking about Brazil lately (and the fact that the World Cup is all over the news doesn’t help), we have put together our winning Brazil team. Of amazing hotels, of course.
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The House Hotel Bosphorus with Mediteranique

5 Jun

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A few years ago I visited Istanbul. A dear friend of mine was living there at that moment. I remember being surprised by how cosmopolitan the city was. I fell in love with the Blue Mosque, I watched with amusement how lively the city was at night, I thought I was going to die in a taxi ride and I spent a memorable afternoon by the Bosphorus talking and laughing with my friend. I’ve always wanted to come back to Istanbul, that’s why I have picked The House Hotel Bosphorus as our new destination in collaboration with Mediteranique.
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